You are going to discover all the things you need to know about the inspirational French proverb "Petit à petit, l'oiseau fait son nid". This include a complete guide of what it mean and how to use it in a conversation with an audio example. And also the cool things we added like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonyms and more!
Translation : Every little bit helps
Literal meaning : Little by little, the bird builds its nest
Register : Informal - Inspirational
IPA : / pəti a pəti, lwazo fɛ sɔ̃ ni. /
"Petit à petit" literally means "Little by little" and "L'oiseau fait son nid" literally means "The bird builds his nest".
Let's imagine a bird carrying twigs, brushwoods and other little pieces of wood all day to build his nest. No matter how long he takes to complete his task, no matter how many back and forth are required, there is no doubt he will succeed.
Because birds and humans can't achieve "big" things, they can only achieve many little things that bring them closer to their goals.
This proverb teaches us that with patience and perseverance: everything is possible, no matter how hard the task.
We can use these wise words as a reminder of being patient and never give up on our dreams, but also to inspire and motivate people.
For example, if a friend thinks of quitting a commitment/project, afraid of the hard work to come, reminds him/her that "Petit à petit, l'oiseau fait son nid". That just like the bird, with patience and dedication, he/she will make it.
↓ Example in a story with slow audio ↓
Prise de poids
Tant qu'il y a de la vie, il y a de l'espoir
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